Lady Gamecocks mount late rally to stun No. 8 Tennessee

South Carolina fought back from seven points down in the final 3:37 to earn its first win over #8/8 Tennessee in 32 seasons, topping the Lady Vols 64-60. Senior Markeshia Grant had the hot hand, hitting seven 3-pointers en route to a career-high 24 points, while senior La’Keisha Sutton added 12, including the sealing free throws on a 1-and-1 opportunity in the final 12 seconds.

The first half was all guards in the scoring column with huge efforts from the forwards on the glass. The Gamecocks opened with a 13-9 lead eight minutes into the game, sparked by a 3 from Markeshia Grant right off the bat. Sutton hit a couple of quick baskets for a 7-2 South Carolina lead before the Lady Vols evened things up on a traditional three-point play and a put back. Sutton and Grant hit back-to-back mid-range jumpers to answer. After a Taber Spani move on the low block, Sutton’s jumper from the right side made it 13-9 with 12:04 left in the half.

Tennessee scored the game’s next eight points, largely by controlling the boards, but the Gamecocks had answers. After the Lady Vols went up 19-16, the Gamecocks closed the half on another 13-9 run. Ieasia Walker got things going with a transition bucket off a defensive rebounds, then picked up a block on the other end. Grant drove and pulled up for a jumper and followed with a 3 from the left sideline. Tennessee scored five straight points to take a 24-23 lead before Grant put the Gamecocks back up with a jumper from the right elbow. Walker’s free-throw line jumper made it a three-point advantage. She added a driving layup between a pair of Tennessee buckets to send the Gamecocks into the locker room with a 29-28 lead.

The second half was played at a fever pitch as both teams looked to push the ball on offense at every opportunity. Grant continued her hot shooting, and more of her teammates were contributing as the Gamecocks looked to go inside and draw some fouls. After Tennessee stormed out of the locker room early in the period, the Gamecocks came back with a move on the right block from Aleighsa Welch. Grant hit a 3 form the right side to put her team back up 40-38, and following a shot clock violation from Tennessee, Sutton kept the offense going with a drive. Bruner’s free throw made it a 43-38 South Carolina advantage with 14:09 to play.

The Lady Vols stymied the South Carolina offense over the next five minutes, building a 49-46 lead until Bruner’s transition bucket stopped the 11-3 surge. The teams traded baskets Tennessee put together back-to-back buckets for a 57-50 lead with under five minutes to go. Walker ended the run with a reverse layup, and Grant drained yet another 3-pointer in transition to pull within two at 57-55. The Lady Vols answered with baskets on their next two possessions to stretch their lead to 60-55 with 3:37 on the clock.

The Gamecocks went inside on the next two trips down the court with Bruner hitting from the left block and Welch picking up a transition layup to cut the deficit to one. Welch’s defensive rebound set up Walker’s drive and pull-up jumper for a 61-60 edge with 1:42 to play. Another strong rebound on the defensive end set up Walker for a free throw with one minute to play. The Lady Vols set up for a 3-pointer that rimmed out, and the Gamecocks tied up the rebound.

With the possession arrow in its favor, South Carolina had the two-point lead and the ball with 46 seconds to play. Grant fired up a 3 that rimmed out, but Sutton battled for the rebound and was fouled with 12 seconds to go. The Lady Vols called a pair of timeout to ice the senior, but her teammates were building her confidence instead, and she calmly hit both ends of the 1-and-1 opportunity to seal the win.

It is the program’s first ever win over the Lady Vols in Knoxville and the Gamecocks’ first since 1980. Grant’s 27 points led all scorers, and Walker joined her and Sutton in double figures with 11 points. With six assists, it was the third straight game that Walker handed out at least six assists without committing a turnover. Welch led the way with nine rebounds.

South Carolina is back in action at Arkansas on Thu., Feb. 9, before coming home to Colonial Life Arena to face Florida on Sun., Feb. 12.

Comments

comments

Change is name of game for North-South All-Stars

Change is name of game for North-South All-Stars The wholesale changes to the 2018 South Carolina football season [more]

Hoops: Tigers, Sharks post big wins over county rivals

Hoops: Tigers, Sharks post big wins over county rivalsThe Conway High boys remained undefeated on the season with [more]

Chants on break for finals week after loss to Terriers

Chants on break for finals week after loss to TerriersSophomore Tre Brown had a career and team-high 24 points, [more]

CAC swimmers post hot times at Snowflake Invite

CAC swimmers post hot times at Snowflake InviteThe Coastal Aquatic Club (CAC) spent the weekend in Rock [more]

Knox's triple-double lifts Seahawks past Panthers

Knox's triple-double lifts Seahawks past Panthers Myrtle Beach High sophomore Emorie Knox hit a major milestone [more]

CAC's Steele captures gold at Winter Junior Nationals

CAC's Steele captures gold at Winter Junior NationalsCarolina Forest senior and Coastal Aquatic Club standout Taylor Steele [more]

SEAHAWKS STORM PAST GREER FOR STATE TITLE

SEAHAWKS STORM PAST GREER FOR STATE TITLE Over the summer, the Myrtle Beach players were gathered inside [more]

Green Sea Floyds captures first state championship

Green Sea Floyds captures first state championshipFacing fourth down and a sneaker, Green Sea Floyds coach [more]

Hoops: Sharks beat buzzer, Warriors on late foul shots

Hoops: Sharks beat buzzer, Warriors on late foul shotsThe St. James High boys basketball team won a thriller [more]

Schools send football team to state with Seahawk Walk

Schools send football team to state with Seahawk WalkThe Myrtle Beach High football team received a hero's send-off [more]

Hoops: Myrtle Beach boys double up rival Socastee

Hoops: Myrtle Beach boys double up rival SocasteeThe Myrtle Beach High boys basketball team doubled up rival [more]

Seahawks' strange season takes a final twist to state

Seahawks' strange season takes a final twist to stateMickey Wilson has led his team to state championship games [more]

Hoops: NMB boys, CF girls fall short in comeback bids

Hoops: NMB boys, CF girls fall short in comeback bidsWhat appeared to be a pair of lopsided affairs turned [more]

MB's shot at state crown moved to Friday afternoon

MB's shot at state crown moved to Friday afternoonGame time has been moved up a day for the [more]

Socastee product Renfrow titled nation's top walk-on

Socastee product Renfrow titled nation's top walk-onThe Burlsworth Foundation announced Monday that wide receiver Hunter Renfrow [more]

Sun Belt puts 5 in bowls after inaugural title game

Sun Belt puts 5 in bowls after inaugural title gameAfter a thrilling 30-19 win by Appalachian State over Louisiana [more]

Gamecocks get close bowl trip to Charlotte vs. Cavs

Gamecocks get close bowl trip to Charlotte vs. CavsSouth Carolina football fans won't have to travel far to [more]

No. 2 Tigers in high Cotton for bowl game against Irish

No. 2 Tigers in high Cotton for bowl game against IrishThe College Football Playoff and the Goodyear Cotton Bowl announced [more]

Hoops: Conway wins; NMB gives female coach first win

Hoops: Conway wins; NMB gives female coach first winThe Conway High boys basketball team came down from its [more]

Seahawks flip the script on No. 1 Hartsville in rematch

Seahawks flip the script on No. 1 Hartsville in rematch Myrtle Beach exorcised its biggest demon from the 2018 regular [more]

Green Sea Floyds transitions from struggles to state final

Green Sea Floyds transitions from struggles to state finalAs the clock ticked toward zero, Josh Slobodiak searched for [more]

Chants go cold during key stretch, fall to Gamecocks

Chants go cold during key stretch, fall to GamecocksZac Cuthbertson recorded his fourth double-double of the season, but [more]

Gunter tops seven Chants earning Sun Belt awards

Gunter tops seven Chants earning Sun Belt awardsCoastal Carolina football had three players earn all-conference accolades and [more]

Seahawks eye redemption in rematch with Hartsville

Seahawks eye redemption in rematch with HartsvilleThe film was nearly as painful as the game itself. A [more]

Hoops: CF rolls past NMB; Conway tops Wilson in OT

Hoops: CF rolls past NMB; Conway tops Wilson in OTThe Carolina Forest boys basketball team opened the season Tuesday [more]

Change is name of game for North-South All-Stars

Change is name of game for North-South All-Stars The wholesale changes to the 2018 South Carolina football season [more]

Hoops: Tigers, Sharks post big wins over county rivals

Hoops: Tigers, Sharks post big wins over county rivalsThe Conway High boys remained undefeated on the season with [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2018 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach